How cann soccer improve statistical learning?


  • Enivaldo C. Rocha Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Dalson Britto Figueiredo Filho Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Ranulfo Paranhos Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil
  • José Alexandre Silva Jr. Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil
  • Denisson Silva Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil



statistics, linear regression, quantitative methods, soccer, fun


This paper presents an active classroom exercise focusing on the interpretation of ordinary least squares regression coefficients. Methodologically, undergraduate students analyze Brazilian soccer data, formulate and test classical hypothesis regarding home team advantage. Technically, our framework is simply adapted for others sports and has no implementation cost. In addition, the exercise is easily conducted by the instructor and highly enjoyable for the students. The intuitive approach also facilitates the understanding of linear regression practical application.


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How to Cite

Rocha, E. C., Filho, D. B. F., Paranhos, R., Silva Jr., J. A., & Silva, D. (2014). How cann soccer improve statistical learning?. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 2(7), 83–87.